Trumpets, drums and shouts of joy greeted the graduating Class of 2015 during Johnson C. Smith University’s 143rd Commencement Exercises on May 17. The University awarded 262 degrees as nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner addressed the graduates, family and friends who packed Irwin Belk Complex.
National Management Corporation’s contract with Johnson C. Smith University will end on June 30, 2015. Facilities and maintenance services will become functions of the University on July 1, 2015. National Management employees will have the opportunity to apply to become University employees. This cost-saving measure will make vital resources available to JCSU.
The normally quiet campus of Johnson C. Smith University was affected by a shooting that occurred on campus at approximately 2:15 a.m. on April 19, 2015. A student sitting in a car on campus was struck by a round when a suspect began firing a weapon. The student, who was not targeted, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. JCSU Campus Police, in conjunction with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), restored order to the campus immediately.
Johnson C. Smith University formally recognized President Emeritus Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy with the April 11 naming ceremony of the Information and Technology Hall in her honor. The first and only woman to be appointed president in JCSU’s 148-year history, she has become revered as our “Technology President.”
Johnson C. Smith University Campus Police Department is hosting an informational session on “What to Do when Confronted by Police” at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 in the Family Dollar Room of New Residence Hall. The campus police department places great value on maintaining positive police-community relations, and having interactions resolved without pointless conflict, injury or death to either a student or a police officer.
On March 30 and 31, the Johnson C. Smith University Campus Police Department will conduct rapid response active shooter training for all JCSU Campus Police personnel. The training program prepares law enforcement officers to respond to and effectively deal with a nightmare scenario: an armed gunman in a school or work environment.
Don Shell, director of JCSU’s Spiritual Life Center, may be known for promoting spiritual development, but he was recently honored for his much more physical legacy as one of the top football players to have graduated from an HBCU. Shell was inducted into the Black College Hall of Fame earlier this year; a ceremony that followed his earlier enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
AKOO, the luxury menswear brand founded by TI, came to CIAA Feb. 28th and gave 20 JCSU students the kind of encapsulated, one-day educational experience they would normally have to intern out of state for. AKOO, an acronym for A KING OF ONESELF, was founded by Grammy award winning artist, song writer, music and film producer, and actor, T.I. The brand is designed for men of exceptional style, character and creativity.